Millions of world's poorest may be missing from official lists

April 15, 2015 4:42 PM

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LONDON, April 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global estimates of how many people live in extreme poverty could be short by 350 million because of a dearth of reliable data, potentially leading to poor decisions about who needs services, researchers said.

The official figure of 1.2 billion people living on less than $1.25 a day is based on educated guesswork rather than hard facts, researchers at the London-based think tank Overseas Development Institute (ODI) said.

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